The Official SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition
Neither SpaceX nor Elon Musk is affiliated with any Hyperloop companies. While we are not developing a commercial Hyperloop ourselves, we are interested in helping to accelerate development of a functional Hyperloop prototype.
For this reason, SpaceX is running an open competition, geared towards university students and independent engineering teams, to design and build the best Hyperloop pod. To support this competition, SpaceX is constructing a test track adjacent to our Hawthorne, California headquarters. Teams will be able to test their human-scale pods during a competition weekend at the track, scheduled for January 27-29, 2017. The knowledge gained here will continue to be open-sourced.
Based on the high-quality submissions and overwhelming enthusiasm surrounding the competition, SpaceX is moving forward with a second installment of the competition: Hyperloop Pod Competition II, which will culminate in a second competition in Summer 2017 at SpaceX’s Hyperloop test track. Hyperloop Competition II will be focused on a single criterion: maximum speed. The second competition is open to new student teams interested in competing on the test track, as well as to existing student teams who have already built and tested Pods to further refine their designs.
Note: This competition is a SpaceX event. SpaceX has no affiliation with any Hyperloop companies, including, but not limited to, those frequently referenced by the media.
Break a pod!
- Important Dates
January 29-30, 2016
Design WeekendIn-person Design Weekend with all invited entrants: Results.Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
- August 31, 2016 Competition II Rules and Requirements Released
- September 30, 2016 Competition II Intent to Compete Form and Signed Letter of Support Due at 5pm Pacific
January 27-29, 2017
Competition Weekend ISelected pods compete at Competition Weekend I.SpaceX Hyperloop Test Track
Competition Weekend IISelected pods compete at Competition Weekend II. SpaceX Hyperloop Test Track